Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, has processed 753 applications for coverage since opening Tuesday, including 153 on Thursday.

On its third day in operation, the exchange reported receiving 11,058 website visitors and 1,033 calls as of 4 p.m. Since Tuesday morning, Access Health counted 82,939 website visitors and 5,094 phone calls.

The exchange processes applications for both private insurance and Medicaid, which is expanding as of Jan. 1, with a higher income limit for adults who don’t have minor children.

The open enrollment period for signing up for private insurance through the exchange runs through March 31, but the deadline for receiving coverage by Jan. 1 is Dec. 15.

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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